Bomb arrest teen ‘intended to harm’

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Published: Tuesday 4th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Police have said they believe an 18-year-old man arrested on suspicion of possessing explosives was intending to harm people.

Around 50 people were evacuated from a Newcastle housing estate at 11.36am yesterday after officers received a report of concern and found “suspicious items” at a property.

The teenager is in custody helping with inquiries after he was arrested at an address in Hamilton Place.

Superintendent Bruce Storey of Northumbria Police said: ” The person, a white 18-year-old man, has been arrested and he is currently in custody helping with inquiries.

“He has been arrested on suspicion of being in possession of explosives with intent to endanger life.

“We don’t know this man’s motivation but we do believe he intended to harm people.

“We are in the early stages of establishing his lifestyle to gather a picture of what his motives may have been.

“We are currently searching the address and, as public safety is a priority, local people have been evacuated from their houses.”

Officers from the Army bomb squad, based in Catterick, North Yorkshire, attended the housing estate close to Newcastle United’s stadium.

The area was cordoned off and a number of homes evacuated while the man’s property was searched and suspicious items found at the address were investigated.

Mr Storey said: “While we are keen to ensure people return home as soon as possible, we must ensure it is safe to do so.

“Should we need to accommodate people overnight, temporary provisions will be provided.”

Police are at the scene to help anyone with concerns and to provide reassurance.

Published: Tuesday 4th November 2014 by The News Editor

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